Ethan A. Huff
November 3, 2012
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s official alert for the Oyster Creek nuclear power facility in Forked River, New Jersey, has been lifted. The narrowly-averted crisis was first triggered as an “unusual event” on Monday as flood waters from Hurricane Sandy rose to 4.7 feet around the plant, but was later upgraded to an actual “event,” which is the second point on the [...]
“Today the consequences of Fukushima threaten the world. Unit 4 contains 10 times more cesium 137 than Chernobyl. A strong earthquake could mean collapse.
Ignoring the conditions of the Fukushima nuclear reactors continue to be promoted at home and abroad. Fukushima must not be forgotten.
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima are no less dreadful than atomic bombs. Nuclear reactors are potential “super bombs.” No single weapon can compete with the potential damage that [...]
Surviving a Nuclear war, especially in the Northern Hemisphere will be very difficult. Not only do you have to deal with Fallout from the Nuclear detentations, but the vast stock piles of nuclear waste from existing and shutdown nuclear power plants. There is far more nuclear material stored in Spent fuel pools than all of the Nuclear bombs. A typical Bomb make contain a few dozen kilograms of plutonium or [...]
FRCSR @FRCSR @ENENews Trial removal process began a few hours ago for 1 of 204 unused fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi NPP unit 4. www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2012…
17 Jul 12
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Japan utility takes out 2 Fukushima nuke fuel rods
All of the 1,535 rods next to reactor No. 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant must eventually be removed [...]
After writing my essay “Radioactive Hell on Earth”—actually I wanted to change that title to “Fukushima on Steroids”—I see Christina Consolo’s essay “Fukushima is Falling Apart”: Are you ready—it is becoming clear that we, our children and our entire civilization is hanging by a thread. It is a very sorry thing to report that we have literally shot ourselves in the foot with a big nuclear shotgun full of radioactive particles of [...]
Japan Reactor Building is Tilting But Is Not a Risk, Operator Says
New York Times
By HIROKO TABUCHI
June 26, 2012
Tepco, said in a report on Monday to Japanese nuclear regulators that at least two of the walls of the No. 4 reactor building are bulging outward at various points and that the building is tilting.
The latest findings could add to concerns over the state of the No. 4 reactor building
Some experts say [...]
Most of the world can’t imagine what it’s like to live in Japan at the present time.
The Fukushima plan is a 30 year project at present before it will even be halfway containable. First, the fuel rods have to be removed from the collapsed reactor housing. The problem is there is so much radation there, that no one can get to the breached reactor core sites to even inspect the [...]
Hosono visits Fukushima plant to quell fears over No. 4?s pool
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The pool, which is situated precariously above the reactor, is one of the plant’s biggest risks as it is filled with spent fuel rods that could get dumped out and combust if the building fails during an earthquake.
Akio Komori, one of the Tepco executives who escorted [environment and nuclear minister Goshi] Hosono, said the utility will inspect [...]
What passes for normal at the Fukushima Daiichi plant today would have caused shudders among even the most sanguine of experts before an earthquake and tsunami set off the world’s second most serious nuclear crisis after Chernobyl.
Fourteen months after the accident, a pool brimming with used fuel rods and filled with vast quantities of radioactive cesium still sits on the top floor of a heavily damaged reactor building, covered [...]
“The No. 4 reactor is visibly damaged and in a fragile state, down to the floor that holds the spent fuel pool,” said Hiroaki Koide, an assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute and one of the experts raising concerns. “Any radioactive release could be huge and go directly into the environment.”
Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat whose state, Oregon, could lie in the path of any new radioactive plumes [...]
May 26, 2012
TEPCO says they don’t know what to do if Reactor 4 collapses, instead declaring it safe from earthquakes after finding it leaning and with a bulged exterior wall.
The Wall Street Journal just reported that TEPCO doesn’t have a plan to deal with the collapse of Spent Fuel Pool 4 at the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan.
The revelation comes as a US army general warns the entire Northern Hemisphere is at [...]
Japan, with assistance from the U.S. government, needs to do more to move spent fuel rods out of harm’s way at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Monday.
Wyden, a senior Democratic senator on the Senate Energy committee, toured the ruined Fukushima plant on April 6, and said the damage was far worse than he expected.
“Seeing the extent of the disaster first-hand during my visit [...]
April 15, 2012
Do You Know What the Fuel Pools Actually Look Like?
You already know that Fukushima’s fuel pool number 4 may be the single greatest threat, but that pool number 3 is very dangerous as well.
You’ve heard that unit 3?s fuel pool contains less radioactive material than unit 4 … but still a tremendous amount of radiation. Scientific American reported last year:
The pools at each reactor are thought to have contained the [...]
Japanese ambassador has grave concerns over the spent fuel pond above Fukushima reactor #4
From the website of Akio Matsumura:
Also See additional information at:
Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building [...]
by George Washington
The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4
We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves. See this and this.
We noted in February:
Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.
Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen [...]
“Grave concern” over chance of reactor meltdown
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Despite the fact that it long since disappeared from major news headlines, an editorial in one of Japan’s leading newspapers warns that the Fukushima crisis is still at a critical stage and that the Japanese government has drawn up contingency plans for the potential evacuation of Greater Tokyo’s 39 million residents.
Fukushima’s reactor number 4, which holds 75% [...]
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Despite a lack of concrete evidence, the Western powers and their allies have continued to accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons. A series of events including the bombing of Israeli embassies, threatening to cut oil exports to the UK and loading fuel rods in a research reactor have many feeling Iran is provoking a war. So is Iran really a threat or is the mainstream media [...]
The price of a barrel of Brent crude jumped by $1.76 to $119 after the Iranian regime decided to pre-empt the imposition of an EU oil embargo, due to come into effect on 1 July, by unilaterally halting sales to the country’s biggest European customers.
Last year, the EU bought almost 600,000 barrels of Iranian crude every day, accounting for 24 per cent of the country’s total oil exports, with the [...]
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran trumpeted advances in nuclear technology on Wednesday, citing new uranium enrichment centrifuges and domestically made reactor fuel, in a move abetting a drift towards confrontation with the West over its disputed atomic ambitions.
The announcement underlined Iranian determination to pursue a nuclear program its Islamic clerical rulers see as a pillar of power, protection and prestige despite Western sanctions that are inflicting increasing damage on Iran’s [...]